PUBLISHER: Viking Books
DATE PUBLISHED: 04th June 2013
Luke is the perfect boyfriend: handsome, kind, fun. He and Emaline have been together all through high school in Colby, the beach town where they both grew up. But now, in the summer before college, Emaline wonders if perfect is good enough.
Enter Theo, a super-ambitious outsider, a New Yorker assisting on a documentary film about a reclusive local artist. Theo’s sophisticated, exciting, and, best of all, he thinks Emaline is much too smart for Colby.
Emaline’s mostly-absentee father, too, thinks Emaline should have a bigger life, and he’s convinced that an Ivy League education is the only route to realizing her potential. Emaline is attracted to the bright future that Theo and her father promise. But she also clings to the deep roots of her loving mother, stepfather, and sisters. Can she ignore the pull of the happily familiar world of Colby?
Emaline wants the moon and more, but how can she balance where she comes from with where she’s going?
This is a fun contemporary book that encompasses Emaline and follows her over the summer. The truly great element of this book is the mundane elements. Dessen is able to make me relive the simple joy in everyday elements of life. I like references to the title in books, this can be seen in “When It’s Real” and “It Ends With Us”. However, this book kept driving that link home multiple times, this began to pester me by the end of the book.
Emaline is a smart and independent protagonist who I enjoyed reading about. She has a great work ethic and this summer read follows her journey to self-actualisation and independence. I love where she ended up at the conclusion of this book and her journey along the way. Following issues of growing up and family life, issues typical to everyday readers allows the reader to gain an empathic connection with the protagonist.
A cute contemporary with references to summer days and childhood memories that had me smiling. I enjoyed the protagonist and her journey through the novel. I am certainly going to read more by Sarah Dessen.
Keep Calm and Read On,